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Ana on “Alice in Wonderland”

“Alice in Wonderland”Director: Tim BurtonRelease Date: March 5, 2010Starring: Johnny Depp- Mad Hatter Mia Wasikowska- Alice Helena Bonham Carter- Red Queen Anne Hathaway- White QueenI first saw a preview for this movie during the previews of the Twilight Saga: New Moon and it looked like an extremely well made movie with phenomenal CG work great colors and very attractive to the eye. However I was very skeptical on seeing it because to me it looked overly mysterious and creepy! As would almost be expected with a piece of Tim Burton’s work. ie: “Edward Scissorhands,” “Nightmare Before Christmas,” “Corpse Bride,” etc. I have a refusal of watching anything that could potentially give me nightmares, so i cowardly shyed away from the film until now.The movie starts with Alice, who is now in her teens in the transition of childhood to womanhood, at her engagement party. At the party she escapes by following a rabbit down a hole… we know the story. She ends up in a place called “Underland,” sounds like Wonderland of course, i thought that was a cute touch.Because as we find out later she had been there before when she was bout ten years younger, easily able to mistake the word “Under” for “Wonder” and heck it sounds better that way anyhow. Through the movie Alice thinks this is all a dream, but later she realizes that she serves a purpose in being there she must help restore order and bring the right Queen back to the throne by defeating the Red Queen’s Champion. She is successful and when she returns back to her normal life she restores order in her own life and takes control by first deciding not to marry her betrothed.I thought this film lived up to it’s hype for the most part, not the best film I have ever seen but it was very technologically advanced and for that it deserves to be appreciated. I was watching some behind the scenes features and the work that was put into it was incredible! Not to mention the great cast Johnny Depp did a superb job like always, as well as Anne Hathaway, although i didn’t like the dark eyebrows and nails but that is not her fault, Mia Wasikowska is great as well, I am looking forward to seeing this newbie in more great films to come! Anyway I’m sure most of the country has seen this film already, but if you have not I recommend it!!8/10Ana Moyers

1 thought on “Ana on “Alice in Wonderland””

  1. Everything is there in this review though a little haphazardly. It can’t be said we “all know the story” because frankly Tim Burton’s version of this tale isn’t the same at all. Burton is the one assuming we know the story and is adding on to it. This is one reason why i feel the title was false advertising.
    I loved this movie but i feel that there should’ve been a different actor as the Mad Hatter. Johnny Depp is so over used in the same sort of roles by Tim Burton that I couldn’t see past Johnny Depp being his movie self. Mia Wasikoska as Alice and Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen were my particular favorites. They captured the role and brought those characters to life.
    This review I feel was more about the story line then what was thought about the movie itself. Yes the character/actor list was included, as a list. Yes their thoughts on the movie were included, as a little side not paragraph at the end. What was the best scene with the special effects and why? How did these actors do at portraying their characters? Why did you like certain actors? Be more articulate when talking about the dress of actors and separate the vision from the actual acting. Especially at the point when the black fingernails on the White Queen were mentioned and “It’s not her fault” was tacked to the end. Of course it’s not her fault, that’s part of Burton’s vision. How was her acting though? Why didn’t you like Burton’s vision of the character? It would’ve been really cool if you compared parts of Tim Burton’s Alice to the original Disney or even the books. There are lots of parts in Burton’s Alice that coincide with happenings in Through The Looking Glass and not necessarily Alice in Wonderland. You did a great job summarizing the movie for others to get a taste but not ruining it for those who haven’t seen it. I wouldn’t just assume that everyone knows about this movie or even the story line. There are many people that I have encountered that don’t know or haven’t even heard of things that I find common knowledge.

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